Source: Vientiane Times
Two of the three Covid-19 patients in Luang Prabang Hospital were set to return home today if they twice tested negative for the virus, while no new cases of infection have been reported for 10 straight days.
Fourteen patients are being treated at the Friendship Hospital in Vientiane and three in Luang Prabang Hospital.
Two people have already been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery.
The Standing Deputy Head of the National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, Associate Prof. Dr Phouthone Muongpak, disclosed the encouraging news at a press conference held in Vientiane on Wednesday.
He said that although there had been no new infections for 10 consecutive days, everyone must continue to comply with the restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the virus and prevent a more widespread outbreak.
Dr Phouthone reported that 83 samples were tested for the coronavirus on Tuesday, including 13 taken from people in Vientiane, with most of the other people tested being from Xaysomboun and Vientiane provinces. Five people from Luang Prabang were tested, along with five from Champassak, five from Oudomxay, one from Xieng Khuang, one from Borikhamxay, and two from Xayaboury province. All the test results were negative.
He said effective implementation of the national lockdown by authorities and the public had been a major factor in these encouraging results and called on officials at all levels to continue their efforts to apply the successful measures against the virus.
“What local authorities need to do is to intensify the measures put in place to prevent the spread of the virus, as stated in Prime Minister’s Order No. 6,” he said.
Under the Prime Minister’s Order, dated March 29, everyone was instructed to stay at home from April 1-19 to contain the spread of the potentially deadly virus. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith announced a 14-day extension of the lockdown.
From January to April 21, a total of 1,461 people were tested, and 19 were found to be infected by the coronavirus.
Between March 9 and April 21, a total of 313 people were monitored for the disease, and 308 of them have completed the 14-day quarantine period.
Up to 5 pm on April 22, some 1,424 people entering Laos had been checked for Covid-19.
Of these, 877 people crossed the border from Thailand with most being truck drivers bringing goods into Laos.
A total of 172 people crossed the Laos-China border with the majority being truck drivers. A total of 374 truck drivers entered Laos from Vietnam. No passengers entered Laos at airports across the country.
At all border crossings, the temperature of each person entering Laos was checked with none showing signs of fever. As of April 19, the coronavirus had spread to 210 countries and territories, with at least 2,552,688 confirmed cases globally (72,185 new infections). The virus has claimed 177,264 lives while more than 688,430 people have recovered.